YARMOUTH - He resides in Halifax now, working as a contractor, but East Coast Baker Julian d’Entremont says with South Ohio roots, he’ll always be a Yarmouthian at heart.
D’Entremont is one of 10 bakers selected for CBC’s Great Canadian Baking Show that premiered Nov. 1.
One baker is eliminated in each episode of the competition and, as of Nov. 28, d’Entremont, the only competitor from east of Montreal, was still in the running.
Last spring he found out about the show via a Facebook post and sent in his application. Several weeks later he received a phone call from the producer for an interview.
His triple layer chocolate cake with (homemade peanut butter) buttercream frosting, chocolate ganache drip and homemade filled chocolates and hard caramel springs, won out over 21 other applicants.
Later, his lemon raisin scones conquered his on-camera interview.
During each episode the bakers are required to tackle three challenges. They are judged on technique, taste and visual appeal.
D’Entremont says he inherited his baker genes from his mother, Stephanie Crowell, a professional baker. Both of his grandmothers were also very good bakers.
“It was always something I loved and remember fondly of them,” he said.
“It gave me pride in being able to continue on with their traditional recipes.”
He also cherishes the memories he has of growing up in South Ohio: skating on the meadow, causing mischief and riding bikes as kids.
“As we got older we were the group that had the infamous 70s parties in South Ohio back in the day that I'm sure many will remember. Those days were ones I'll never forget,” he said.
His friends have expanded to include those he’s now competing against in the show. They talk every day on group chat.
“We all bonded right away and I think it's a testament to the producers for choosing like-minded people with a similar passion,” he said.
He says the bakers support each other rather than trying to tear each other down. The real competition is between each person, their bake and the clock.
“There were many times that the contestants tried to help one another,” he said.
The show is a spin-off of the hugely popular Great British bake-off and he says he hopes for similar success in Canada.
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The Great Canadian Baking Show airs Wednesday evenings at 8 p.m. on CBC. Past episodes are available on-demand from the CBC website.